Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Terrorists at war with Nigeria

Best Blogger Tips
By Henry Umoru, AbdulSalam Muhammad & Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA — Senate President David Mark, yesterday, described the incessant bombing of major cities, market places, and worship centres across Nigeria by terrorist groups as a war against the nation.
Mark, in an address to the Senate after a one-week recess, lamented the widespread bombings and killings of innocent people by terrorists, saying Nigerians must join hands to combat the terrorists.

Mark also called on Federal Government to dialogue with the terrorist groups to end endless killings of innocent Nigerians, adding that security agencies must find a way to solve problems of terrorism.
He said: “The current level of insecurity in the country is unacceptable and something must be done to improve it and very quickly too.
We should not despair
“Clearly, the terrorists have declared war on Nigeria and Nigerians. Escalating acts of terror not only threaten our unity as a nation but challenge the very human values we all believe in. In spite of all these bombings, we should not despair or be disillusioned. We shall overcome through our collective determination.
“This is the time for concerted action by all Nigerians, ethnicity, political affiliation, religious belief notwithstanding. We have a real problem on our hands and we must handle it with the seriousness it deserves and we should never politicise it.
“Divisive statements or finger pointing are not helpful. Attempts to apportion blame for failures at this time of the burgeoning terror threats will not lead to any practical and long lasting solution. The primary responsibility of tackling this challenge lies with the government but that notwithstanding, we all have roles to play.
Tasks FG to dialogue with terrorists
“Let me also say without mincing words that the security agencies must intensify their pre-operational responsibilities, roles and actions and improve their operational capabilities. Their major task must be to thwart and prevent these bombings.
“Having said this I would like to add that these misguided groups are our brothers and sisters; government must, therefore, explore all avenues to discuss with them. On the other hand, those who are aggrieved must find a better way to express their grievances. It is in the national interest that there is peace and security particularly if we want the transformation agenda to succeed.”
Blames corruption, inefficiency on senators
Mark who also spoke on high level of corruption in the country  blamed the Senate for not being very effective in its oversight functions, which he added would have stemmed the tide of corruption in public places.
According to him, “the second issue is on oversight functions. Let me use this opportunity to state unequivocally that we must improve on our oversight functions. The inefficiency and corruption in the system, which the various investigation committees have uncovered, could have been reasonably abated if we had carried out our oversight functions exhaustively and effectively.
“In the course of our oversight functions, some of these incidences could have either been stopped or reduced to the barest minimum.”
The Senate President also commended his colleagues and Nigerians for standing by him during his sickness, stressing that their prayers got him off the sick bed.
“I am happy to be back. Let me first take this opportunity to most heartily and sincerely thank all of you for your prayers, phone calls, text messages and support while I was away for my medical treatment in Israel. Your prayers and those of our colleagues in the House of Representatives and all well-meaning Nigerians encouraged and sustained me,” he stated.
Another blasts foiled in BUK
Meanwhile, another deadly attack on Bayero University, Kano was foiled, yesterday, after university authorities discovered three high calibre time bombs strategically planted in and around the Faculties of Science, Law as well as the Sports Complex at the old campus of the university by unknown persons. Upon discovery, the institution immediately invited police anti-bomb experts who defused the time bombs.
The police squad that was complemented with heavily armed personnel had cordoned off the old site and evacuated residents to safety before swinging into action in the institution located in the densely populated ghettos of Kabuga, Dorayi and Rijiyar Zaki.
The university witnessed a devastating assault from unknown gunmen and bombers penultimate week, leaving no fewer than 20 Christian worshipers that included two professors dead during a church service in the institution.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Magaji Majia told Vanguard that, “we are in the university on the invitation of the BUK authorities to defuse some strange objects established to be high calibre Improvised Explosive Devises, IEDs, our men have professionally and successfully detonated the three bombs and I am glad to inform you that no one was hurt during the process.“
Loud explosions were heard within and around BUK during the detonating exercise by the police that caused panic in the city which had witnessed fragile peace over the last couple of months following terrorist attacks.
Security was, however, beefed up in the city to forestall possible breakdown of law and order as residents witnessed increase in troops movement and deployment of military aircraft that hovered around.
Yesterday’s discovery of time bombs at BUK came barely two weeks after a similar IED was planted by yet to be identified persons or groups at the Sociology Department of the new campus of the university along Kano —Gwarzo federal highway.
BUK’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr. Mustapha Zaharadeen told Vanguard on telephone that “yes, we found strange and suspicious objects in our old campus and invited the police to establish the fact of the matter.”
Zaharadeen said the authorities were holding a crucial meeting, noting that the official position of the university would be made known to the public in due course. source: vanguard

No comments:

Post a Comment